Meaning of “algae” in the English Dictionary

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"algae" in British English

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algaenoun [ plural ]

us uk /ˈæl.ɡiː/


  • It moves so little that algae grow on its fur.
  • Algae reduces appetite and as a dietary supplement can assist in weight loss.
  • For example, every day I have a "green drink," an herbal preparation containing numerous tonic substances like ginseng and also various forms of algae and chlorophyll extracts.
  • The majority of these algae develop very well in the air, and then consume oxygen and exhale carbonic acid, like all living beings.
  • Then we crossed a prairie of algae, open–sea plants that the waters hadn't yet torn loose, whose vegetation grew in wild profusion.
  • These algae are a genuine prodigy of creation, one of the wonders of world flora.

(Definition of “algae” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)